Luxembourg gazetteer of villages and towns
Place names have their origin in old, sometimes pre-roman times. The type of place names sometimes gives information on the settlement history. Names ending with "-macher" and the place name "Mecher" denote an Roman origin as they are derived from the Latin word "maceria" meaning "wall" (cf. also "Maizičres" near "Metz" in neighboring France) Clearing of land and creation of new settlements in the Middle Ages, as a consequence of population growth, can be witnessed through toponymy:
- names ending in "-ingen"/"ange", "-weiler" and "-dorf" were founded in the early Middle Ages (5th - 9th centuries)
- names ending with "-scheid" and "-rodt" go back to the 9th to 12th centuries
- and names ending with "-hausen" are creations of the 13th and 14th centuries.